J.D. Edwards Introduces New Business Modeling Tool for Manufacturers and Distributors; Supply Chain Business Modeler Reduces Implementation and Integration Time

DENVER, CO, April 23, 2003 -- Designed to simplify the implementation process and deliver a faster and higher return on investment for supply chain management projects, J.D. Edwards & Company (Nasdaq: JDEC) has developed a unique supply chain application for manufacturing- and distribution-centric companies. Available today, J.D. Edwards Supply Chain Business Modeler (SCBM) consolidates data across disparate business applications into a single data warehouse and helps companies connect business processes throughout their supply chain. This leads to lower total cost of ownership via increased application connectivity and reduced implementation time associated with integration.

Serving as a single repository for all supply chain management data, J.D. Edwards SCBM automatically manages data shared by planning, order management, multi-mode manufacturing and logistics applications. SCBM simplifies the implementation process and enables companies to make better use of information generated throughout the supply chain. SCBM and J.D. Edwards Demand Forecasting (see announcement "J.D. Edwards Unveils Robust Demand Management Solution," Feb. 26, 2003) are integral parts of the new J.D. Edwards 5 supply chain functionality planned for 2003.

"Providing supply chain integration between J.D. Edwards enterprise systems and other applications is an important part of our value proposition to customers. Supply chains are diverse and dynamic systems, so SCBM was developed to support rapid implementations, as well as modular implementations, while providing a low, long-term cost of ownership," said Andrew Carlson, director of supply chain product marketing at J.D. Edwards. "SCBM provides a single view of all supply chain information, including customer and supplier data from disparate systems."

Enabling Event Management

SCBM and J.D. Edwards' unique Distributed Object Messaging Architecture (DOMA) will serve as the foundation to support multi-enterprise supply chain event management processes. SCBM will also support corporate performance management by providing both key performance indicators (KPIs) and key performance predictors (KPPs) across the extended supply chain.

According to analyst Dwight Klappich of META Group, "Flexible applications are essential for companies eager to minimize implementation length and the cost of customization and integration between different supply chain systems. The seamless integration and support of Business Intelligence applications, including KPIs and KPPs, will become large factors in the equation of increasing ROI while reducing costs."

J.D. Edwards SCBM, which is available immediately, can be used with all of the J.D. Edwards 5 family of products, as well as J.D. Edwards' earlier OneWorld(R) and WorldSoftware(TM) families.

About J.D. Edwards & Company

J.D. Edwards (Nasdaq: JDEC) makes customers stronger, enabling them to solve their most important business challenges. The company offers collaborative enterprise software as well as consulting, education and support services. J.D. Edwards' offerings are differentiated by a deeply ingrained attitude of listening to customers, innovating on their behalf, and delivering solutions as part of a results-oriented relationship. Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Denver, J.D. Edwards focuses on long-term business partnerships and helping its 6,600 customers in more than 110 countries collaborate electronically to manage their business processes, supply chains, enterprise assets, and supplier and customer relationships. For more information: www.jdedwards.com or 1-800-727-5333.

J.D. Edwards(R) is a registered trademark of J.D. Edwards & Company. JDE(TM) is a trademark of J.D. Edwards & Company. J.D. Edwards 5 is a trademark of J.D. Edwards World Source Company. The names of all products and services of J.D. Edwards used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of J.D. Edwards World Source Company. All other product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (C) J.D. Edwards World Source Company 2003.


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